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Vic Mensa Debuts Band 93PUNX And Drops Bold Single "Camp America"

Vic Mensa's new band 93PUNX are here to deliver a poignant message about migrant children in their video for "Camp America."

Released Friday (June 14), the visuals for "Camp America" showcase Mensa in ICE gear with white children locked in cages similar to "family detention" centers that currently filled with children of color separated from their families. The children are also shown playing in the cages, drinking from a toilet bowl wrapping themselves in thermal blankets.

"We’ll be living it up, not giving a f**k / Splitting you up, then we put you in cuffs," Mensa sings. "Then we shipping you off / Yeah, you could get lost at Camp America.”

The song is based on ICE director Matthew Albence’s quote comparing the detention centers to “summer camp." Mensa tells The Daily Beast why he wanted to use white children as means to show "that twisted alternate reality."

“I thought that was a crazy f**king idea and wanted to create a world with this song that imagined that twisted alternate reality, where it was fun for kids to be held as prisoners, drinking out of toilets, away from their parents, and somehow enjoy it like one might at a summer camp," he said. “My intention for using white kids as opposed to minority children is to point out the blatantly obvious fact that this would never happen to white kids in this country or maybe anywhere on this earth. Although the nature of the actions the kids were involved in was graphic or shocking, it was all taken from actual occurrences reported at ‘detention’ centers.”

Mensa says that the children and their parents were aware of the political messages in the video. “All of the children’s parents were present and the children were really smart and understood the political statement being made—they wanted to be a part of it," said. "Nothing about this is about shaming white children; it’s about showing that this simply would never happen to white children.”

This week, the Trump administration announced plans to use an Oklahoma military base that was used in World War II as an internment camp for Japanese and Japanese American to hold undocumented immigrant children. Huff Post reports the administration cited “a dramatic spike” in unaccompanied minors with 41,000 detained by border officials this year.

Other policial statements have been made this week from nonprofit organization RAICES and ad agency Badger & Winters. The group placed pop-up cages with dolls crying across New York City for their campaign called #NoKidsInCages. 

Watch "Camp America" below.

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Watch Taraji P. Henson Bring The Party To The 2020 American Music Awards

What can't Taraji P. Henson do? The actress, philanthropist, and new podcast series host kicked off the American Music Awards 2020 with an energetic opening number many of us didn't know we needed. Live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Henson hit the stage with The Wiz's "A Brand New Day" and danced through other classics like Prince's "Let's Go Crazy," Jay-Z's "Dirt Off Your Shoulder, and Megan Thee Stallion's "Savage."

By the end of Cardi B's "W.A.P.," Henson's outfit changes a gold bodysuit and a slew of masked dancers by her side, let's just say Ms. Henson did that as this year's host of the annual music award show. After completing her performance before America (and a small socially distanced audience), she got powdered up and got right into it. Alright, Taraji!

You betta @tarajiphenson! #AMAsWithUs #AMAs pic.twitter.com/tVEH4bpHvC

— LaTonya Holmes (@LaTonyaHolmes) November 23, 2020

ICONIC: @tarajiphenson dancing "WAP" to open up the 2020 #AMAs. pic.twitter.com/co5EylXJ2n

— Cardi B Stats (@CardiStats) November 23, 2020

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— YA FAV ♓️ (@Yafav_Petty) November 23, 2020

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— American Music Awards (@AMAs) November 23, 2020

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The Weeknd To Headline Super Bowl LV Halftime Show

The Weeknd just reached a career milestone. The Canadian singer will headline the Super Bowl LV halftime show, it was announced on Thursday (Nov. 12).

"We all grow up watching the world's biggest acts playing the Super Bowl and one can only dream of being in that position,” said The Weeknd. “I’m humbled, honored and ecstatic to be the center of that infamous stage.”

performing on the iconic stage. see you 02/07/21 @pepsi #pepsihalftime #SBLV pic.twitter.com/oYlQyvKRwh

— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) November 12, 2020

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“The Weeknd has ushered in a sound all his own. His soulful uniqueness has defined a new generation of greatness in music and artistry,” JAY-Z said. “This is an extraordinary moment in time and the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show is going to be an extraordinary experience with an extraordinary performer.”

The “Blinding Lights” singer joins Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Prince, Katy Perry, Madonna, and other music stars who have performed at halftime.

Super Bowl LV will live on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021.

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"Beautiful people want to listen to the beautiful reggae music," Sizzla told me. "And you know reggae bashes against corruption. It’s not just a music to sing spirituality only and to make you feel good and sing love songs, conscious songs. And it’s good for social commentary, a very good music to be used for social commentary. And any little thing happen to the poor people, we’re quick to express ourselves on dancehall riddims and on the one-drop roots rock reggae riddim. And what we’re explaining and expressing is the total truth. It’s a music that can be used for expressing our innermost feelings and thoughts."

Today, VIBE and Boomshots proudly premiere the new music video from the album "Without You." Big Up Kalonji every time.

Million Times is out now on all music streaming platforms.

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